Stingray Sting Overview
Stingrays have flat bodies with long, slender tails that have serrated spines, which contain venom. Their serrated spines can cause lacerations (cuts) and puncture wounds. Stingrays are widely distributed in tropical to temperate waters. They are not aggressive, so an injury from a stingray usually occurs when a swimmer or diver unexpectedly steps on one. Stingray stings are one of the most common dive and beach-related injuries.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/9/2014
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
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